Police warn Hartlepool people against complacency as lockdown eases on April 12
Police have urged people to continue following the rules “for their safety and the safety of others” following the latest easing of lockdown restrictions.
Cleveland Police have also urged drinkers to try to book ahead in advance following the reopening of pubs to outdoor drinkers on April 12.
Bars are among the “non-essential” businesses reopening across Hartlepool on April 12 and Superintendent Emily Harrison, who is leading the forces’s Covid response, said on Monday: “We recognise the easing of restrictions today is another positive step towards a return to aspects of ‘normal’ life.
“There will be more options to leave home to visit shops, pubs and certain attractions but there are still rules in place.
“It is vital people don’t become complacent and continue to follow the rules, for their safety and the safety of others.
“We’d urge people to remember many premises are using booking systems so please double check with the venue you plan to attend, think about booking in advance to avoid disappointment.”
Policing teams will be engaging with communities as town centres and shopping areas will again see visitors.
Officers will continue to use the four E model to engage, explain, encourage and only use enforcement as a last resort.
The focus for policing will be on any reported large indoor gatherings such as parties or illegal raves.
Superintendent Harrison added: “We know anyone organising or attending such indoor events doesn’t need the regulations explained to them and we’ll quickly move to enforcement in these scenarios.”
Policing plans are in place to reflect the changes, which are fully outlined at gov.uk/coronavirus.